Two new bars planned for former Rúla Búla site in Tempe
It's going to take something special to replace Rúla Búla — the beloved Mill Avenue Irish Pub that closed in 2021 — and restaurateur Julian Wright is betting big to pull it off.
What's happening: Wright plans to open two new concepts in the 1888 structure.
Devil's Hideaway: This bar and restaurant will double as an "adult playground," according to a sign posted to the building.
- It will include an outdoor patio with a stage for bands and serve a variety of finger foods, including grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches — Wright's favorite childhood snack, Phoenix New Times reports.
Idle Hands: Customers will access this "enchanted cocktail bar" through a hidden hallway past the Devil's Hideaway kitchen. The French-style bar will feature high-end spirits and an absinthe program, per New Times.
Of note: Signage on the building says the concepts will open this fall, but Wright tells Axios Phoenix delays have pushed back the opening to February 2024.
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